5 Reasons Your AC Is Running Constantly
Construction & Contractors
Being comfortable in your home, especially during the warmer months of the year is definitely a high priority. However, this doesn't mean that you want to have to run your AC constantly. This is going to run up your energy bill so high that you aren't going to be happy with the amount you are spending just to stay comfortable. If you notice that your AC is running on a constant basis, here are five reasons that might be:
- The Air Filter is Clogged: When the air filter is clogged, it is not able to release enough cool air into your home, thus making the AC run on a constant basis. Be sure that you replace or clean the air filter so that more cold air is able to be released in order to cool your home more quickly.
- The Coils are Dirty: When there is dirt trapped on the coils inside of the air conditioning system, you are going to have a problem, which would also be blocked air flow. This is actually a common problem, as well since the coils are exposed to airflow coming from the blower, which allows a build up of dust, dirt, and other debris that is cycling into the AC system. You can clean off the coils by opening the condenser and wiping with a cloth.
- The Thermostat is Broken: Another problem could be that the thermostat is broken. This means that your home is at the right temperature, but the thermostat isn't registering that, thus continuing to alert the AC system to stay on. One way to check this is to set the temperature higher and if the AC continues to stay on, the problem is probably the thermostat. You will want to hire professionals at this point to either repair or replace the thermostat.
- There are Air Leaks: If there are enough air leaks in your home, then your AC is going to continue to run because it will not be cooling down your home at a faster rate if warm air from outside is constantly cycling into the home. You should check for air leaks regularly. You can feel around the windows and doors and if you notice warm air, you will want to have those areas sealed with either weather stripping for underneath the door or window or caulking.
- The AC is Old: If the AC is old, then it could be continuously running because there is too much wear and tear on the system. Be sure to have the AC inspected before deciding to replace it just to double check if it's worth it or not to repair instead of replace.
When you know these five reasons your AC is running constantly, you can take the right steps to determine what needs to be done in order to fix it. Contact a repair shop, like Norris Mechanical, for help.
2 August 2017